Martin Guitar Releases Seven New Modern Deluxe Guitars

Martin Guitar expands the Modern Deluxe line with the arrival of seven new models that feature top-of-the-line technology and custom features.


000-18 Modern Deluxe

The 000-18 Modern Deluxe is packed with custom features and modern technology. The vintage appointments include a Sitka spruce VINTAGE TONE SYSTEM (VTS) top, a dovetail neck joint, and natural protein glue construction, giving it the rich, fully-aged Martin tone that has inspired generations. These guitars feature East Indian rosewood binding, stylish gold frets, gold open-gear tuners, and a unique 1930s style script logo inlaid in pearl on the headstock. Some ultra-modern features include Liquidmetal bridge pins with red dots and a composite carbon fiber bridgeplate that boosts volume, and a neck shape that is slightly asymmetrical for maximum hand comfort up and down the fretboard. List price $3,599.

00-28 Modern Deluxe 

Modern Deluxe is packed with custom features and modern technology. The vintage appointments include a Sitka spruce VINTAGE TONE SYSTEM (VTS) top, a dovetail neck joint, and natural protein glue construction, giving it the rich, fully-aged Martin tone that has inspired generations. These guitars feature European flamed maple binding, stylish gold frets, gold open-gear tuners, and a unique 1930s style script logo inlaid in pearl on the headstock. Some ultra-modern features include Liquidmetal bridge pins with red dots and a composite carbon fiber bridgeplate that boosts volume, and a new neck shape that is slightly asymmetrical for maximum hand comfort up and down the fretboard. List price $4,199.

000-42 Modern Deluxe

The 000-42 Modern Deluxe is packed with custom features and modern technology. The vintage appointments include a Sitka spruce VINTAGE TONE SYSTEM (VTS) top, a dovetail neck joint, and natural protein glue construction, giving it the rich, fully-aged Martin tone that has inspired generations. These guitars feature European flamed maple binding (on the body, fingerboard, and headplate), stylish gold frets, gold open-gear tuners, and an ornate torch logo inlaid in pearl on the headstock. Some ultra-modern features include Liquidmetal bridge pins with abalone dots and a composite carbon fiber bridgeplate that boosts volume, and a new neck shape that is slightly asymmetrical for maximum hand comfort up and down the fretboard. List price $7,199.

D-45 Modern Deluxe

The D-45 Modern Deluxe is packed with custom features and modern technology. The vintage appointments include a Sitka spruce VINTAGE TONE SYSTEM (VTS) top, a dovetail neck joint, and natural protein glue construction, giving it the rich, fully aged Martin tone that has inspired generations. These guitars feature European flamed maple binding (on the body, fingerboard, and headplate), stylish gold frets, gold open-gear tuners, and an ornate torch logo inlaid in pearl on the headstock. Some ultra-modern features include Liquidmetal bridge pins with abalone dots and a composite carbon fiber bridgeplate that boosts volume, and a new neck shape that is slightly asymmetrical for maximum hand comfort up and down the fretboard. List price $10,499.

D-42 Modern Deluxe

The D-42 Modern Deluxe is packed with custom features and modern technology. The vintage appointments include a Sitka spruce VINTAGE TONE SYSTEM (VTS) top, a dovetail neck joint, and natural protein glue construction giving it the rich, fully aged Martin tone that has inspired generations. These guitars feature European flamed maple binding (on the body, fingerboard, and headplate), stylish gold frets, gold open-gear tuners, and an ornate torch logo inlaid in pearl on the headstock. Some ultra-modern features include Liquidmetal bridge pins with abalone dots and a composite carbon fiber bridgeplate that boosts volume, and a new neck shape that is slightly asymmetrical for maximum hand comfort up and down the fretboard. List price $7,199.

0012-28 Modern Deluxe

The 0012-28 Modern Deluxe is packed with custom features and modern technology. The vintage appointments on this twelve-fret guitar include a Sitka spruce VINTAGE TONE SYSTEM (VTS) top, a dovetail neck joint, and natural protein glue construction giving it the rich, fully aged Martin tone that has inspired generations. These guitars feature European flamed maple binding on the body, stylish gold frets, and an ornate torch logo inlaid in pearl on the headstock. Some ultra-modern features include Liquidmetal bridge pins with red dots and a composite carbon fiber bridgeplate that boosts volume, and a new neck shape that is slightly asymmetrical for maximum hand comfort up and down the fretboard. List price $4,399.

012-28 Modern Deluxe

012-28 Modern Deluxe The 012-28 Modern Deluxe is packed with custom features and modern technology. The vintage appointments on this twelve-fret guitar include a Sitka spruce VINTAGE TONE SYSTEM (VTS) top, a dovetail neck joint, and natural protein glue construction that giving it the rich, fullyaged Martin tone that has inspired generations. These guitars feature European flamed maple binding on the body, stylish gold frets, and a unique 1930s style script logo inlaid in pearl on the headstock. Some ultra-modern features include Liquidmetal® bridge pins with red dots and a composite carbon fiber bridgeplate that boosts volume, and a new neck shape that is slightly asymmetrical for maximum hand comfort up and down the fretboard. List price $4,399.

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